As if the karma gods of the world would look down poorly on me, I never throw a book into the trash.

Last week, I was sorting through an overstuffed wicker basket near my side of the bed. Magazines, sections of newspapers and books tend to find themselves filed away until I am encouraged to straighten up my side of the room.

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Miceal O'Laochdha

I share your reverence for books Leonard but, I was struck by your anecdote about the Dale Carnegie-inspired social breakthrough. My grandsons will not likely dare to risk complementing a pretty classmate on her necklace when they reach 5th grade. That kind of "assumed patriarchal privilege" and superficial focus on the appearance of a human female will probably be a felony in a couple more years. No adult male in his right mind has dared to do something that dangerous in the workplace for years now.

Bailey Jones

Times have changed, your grandsons need to up their game. "Wow, you're really smart - can you show me how to do point-slope graphs?" (I actually heard this recently.)

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